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Dangerous fun: The circus as workplace

Dangerous fun: The circus as workplace

| May 14, 2014

In a recent accident at a Ringling Brothers performance in Providence, Rhode Island, the media has turned its lens to show what it really takes to entertain in a circus. A closer look reveals that while acrobats constantly balance between life and death, exotic and non-domestic animals who seem to enact happily, receive endless reprimands to deliver […]

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A year after disaster:  Progress and peril for Bangladeshi factory workers

A year after disaster: Progress and peril for Bangladeshi factory workers

| May 13, 2014

  Just over a year ago, management at a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh ordered employees to report for work, despite warnings of critical structural problems in the building. During the morning rush hour, the eight-story Rana Plaza building collapsed, killing 1,100 workers and injuring thousands more. The Bangladeshi government vowed reformative action. American manufacturers […]

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Drive safe on the job: NSC launches distracted driving campaign

Drive safe on the job: NSC launches distracted driving campaign

| April 17, 2014

At any given moment, more than 600,000 drivers on the road are using a handheld cell phone. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in crashes due to distracted driving. To raise awareness about distracted driving behaviors and curb the high rate of fatalities caused by it, the National Safety Council (NSC) […]

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EU-OSHA launches campaign to tackle workplace stress

EU-OSHA launches campaign to tackle workplace stress

| April 14, 2014

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched a two-year campaign called “Healthy Workers Manage Stress” to address workplace stress, which is often overlooked by companies but has been the subject of recent awareness-raising efforts. According to EU-OSHA’s opinion poll 66% workers confirm that excessive workload stresses them out. Moreover 50% respondents […]

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Workplace bullying a growing concern

Workplace bullying a growing concern

| March 12, 2014

From an NFL player extincting threats to a teammate to a member of Congress turning off a fellow Representative’s microphone, there is no shortage of high-profile incidents regarding bullying in the workplace. For the rest of us, working in cubicles, hospitals, factories or construction sites, workplace bullying may not elicit media coverage, but it’s no […]

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Growing opposition to OSHA’s proposed silica rule

Growing opposition to OSHA’s proposed silica rule

| March 5, 2014

As the public comment period for the proposed crystalline silica rule closes, several big organizations have unanimously disapproved the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recommended regulations. OSHA estimates that the rule, once implemented, would significantly decrease the number of deaths caused each year due to silica dust hazard. However, industry experts think the proposed […]

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Does workplace wellness help the bottom line?

Does workplace wellness help the bottom line?

| March 4, 2014

Last week we discussed whether workplace wellness programs benefited employees. This week, we’re talking about how they impact a company’s financial health. Workplace wellness programs seem to present a simple concept: reduce health care costs by encouraging employees to make healthier decisions. For some, that might mean talking with a nurse or taking classes to […]

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Is workplace wellness doing more harm than good?

Is workplace wellness doing more harm than good?

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

As healthcare costs have risen in recent years, a concept developed at large corporations has spread to companies large and small. According to a congressionally mandated report released last year, about half of U.S. employers now use workplace wellness programs. Marketed as a way to help improve employee health and thereby reduce absenteeism, increase productivity […]

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West Virginia chemical spill highlights problems in regulation

West Virginia chemical spill highlights problems in regulation

| February 7, 2014

One month after 10,000 gallons of a toxic industrial chemical leaked into the Elk River in West Virginia, national, state and local health officials continue to disagree over the safety of the water supply, and legislators and health officials are rushing to identify the regulatory gaps that allowed the accident to happen. Just two miles upstream […]

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Introducing the 2014 Health & Safety Industry Survey

Introducing the 2014 Health & Safety Industry Survey

| January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

We’re always looking for ways to improve the working lives of safety professionals, so we’re very excited to introduce the inaugural 2014 edition of MySafetySign Health & Safety Industry Survey. We canvassed over 500 safety professionals and we asked about key barriers and drivers to implementing health and safety initiatives in the workplace, hazard communication, […]

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In Colorado, employer drug policy trumps legal marijuana use

In Colorado, employer drug policy trumps legal marijuana use

| January 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Even though Colorado adults can walk into a store and legally purchase marijuana, just like liquor, exercising that freedom off-the-clock could cost them their jobs. Amendment 64 legalized the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and over in Colorado, but it retained employers’ rights to “have policies restricting the use of marijuana by employees.” […]

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